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Renter's Guide to Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem is the 4th largest city in North Carolina with close to 240,000 residents, resting near the middle of the state about 100 miles west of Raleigh. It’s also a short 30 miles west of Greensboro, and about 75 miles northeast of Charlotte.

What was originally known a major tobacco town has since been transformed into a booming metropolis often referred to as the “City of Arts and Innovation” for its contributions to theater, fine arts, and technological research.

The weather in Winston-Salem makes it a very pleasant place to live, as residents enjoy a beautiful spring and fall, with very mild winters and warm, sunny summers.  

Winston - Salem, NC Demographics

  • Total Population398,455
  • Female 189,403
    Male 209,053
  • Median Age38.8

Cost of Living in Winston-Salem, NC

Overall, Winston-Salem has a very affordable cost of living for a city its size, and also a lower cost of living than many of North Carolina’s large neighboring cities like Raleigh and Greensboro.

There is no shortage of things to do or places to eat in Winston-Salem either, and although there are a wide variety of dining options, finding a meal for two for $50 or less is easy.

As for utility costs, like water, electric, gas, etc., Winston-Salem residents on average pay just $113 a month, much less than the national average of $140. 

Average Rent in Winston - Salem, NC

  • Winston - Salem, NC Average Rental Price, May 2021 $961 /mo

    Winston - Salem, NC Apartment Rent Ranges

    • < $5002%
    • $501-$70017%
    • $701-$1,00046%
    • $1,001-$1,50029%
    • $1,501-$2,0005%
    • > $2,0002%

    Winston - Salem, NC Rent Trends

    Average Rent Mar / 2018 Jul / 2018 Nov / 2018 Mar / 2019 Jul / 2019 Nov / 2019 Mar / 2020 Jul / 2020 Nov / 2020 Mar / 2021 May / 2021
    Winston - Salem, NC $795 $813 $835 $843 $865 $892 $894 $903 $937 $957 $961
    National $1,314 $1,345 $1,354 $1,358 $1,390 $1,397 $1,400 $1,392 $1,396 $1,407 $1,428
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    Living in Winston-Salem, NC

    One of the biggest pros to living in Winston-Salem is there’s always something to do, including visiting craft breweries, museums, parks, sporting events, and music venues. The combination of good school districts, a lively downtown scene, and a low cost of living even helped Winston-Salem make its way onto the BusinessWeek rankings as one of the best 50 cities in America to live.

    The only negative aspect of living in Winston-Salem is that new jobs are being added very slowly, as the city has one of the lowest percentages of new job additions in the state. However, many also see this as a positive, because while Winston-Salem is growing, it is growing at a slow, steady, and maintainable rate.

    For public transportation, there’s a bus line operated by the Winston-Salem Transit Authority, which offers 10-ride passes for $10.

    Things to do in Winston-Salem

    Winston-Salem offers a little something for everyone and is known for having some of the best craft breweries in the state. Foothills Brewing is one of the most popular, and is well-known for its IPAs and specialty beers.

    For a night out in Winston-Salem for dinner, King’s Crab Shack and Oyster bar is one of the best spots in town, serving all kinds of great seafood dishes like oysters, crab legs, shrimp, mussels and more. And for dessert after dinner, the Winkler Bakery serves all kinds of tasty treats like sugar cake and Moravian cookies.

    Winston-Salem also has great recreational options, especially at Salem Lake Park. The park includes nearly 400 acres for all types of activities, like boating or fishing, or even taking run or biking across the scenic seven-mile trail.

    And for families and those with kids, Winston-Salem hosts the second-largest fair in the state every fall called the Dixie Classic Fair. It receives over 300,000 visitors every year, and has loads of fun activities and exhibits like rides, food, and (literally) tons of livestock exhibits. SciWorks is also a popular place for kids, with interactive science exhibits, nature trails, and a massive planetarium.

    For free things to do in Winston-Salem, the Community Band Concert Series hosts concerts throughout the year at various venues, and has a special performance every Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Winston-Salem has a little something for music fans too, as Ziggy’s is known for hosting some of the most popular bands in the country, and actually gave the well-known Dave Matthews Band its first start.

    And for the sports fans, the city plays host to the Winston-Salem Dash, a single-A Chicago White Sox affiliate, who play their home games at the gorgeous BB&T Ballpark.

    Employment and Economy

    Although there are plenty of major employers in Winston-Salem, like Novant Health, Unifi, and BB&T, the area has hit somewhat of a standstill as far as employment growth goes.

    The city has a slow percentage rate of new job growth, although despite that statistic, Winston-Salem’s unemployment rate of 5% is still well below the state unemployment rate of 5.5%.

    Winston - Salem, NC Households

    • Total Number of Households156,437
    • Family 98,530
      Non-family 57,907
    • Children 46,062
      No Children 110,375
    • Average People Per Household2.54
    • Median Household Income$53,298
    • Median Housing Costs Per Month$882

    Education in Winston-Salem

    Winston-Salem offers excellent public school districts that are ranked among the best in the state of North Carolina, and the area also has great options for higher education.

    The city’s flagship school, Wake Forest University, was actually ranked in a US News and World Report as the 23rd best university in the entire country, due to its excellent academics, beautiful campus, and involvement in the community

    Winston - Salem, NC Education Statistics

    • No High School4%
    • Some High School37%
    • Some College29%
    • Associate Degree9%
    • Bachelor Degree22%

    Tips for Renting in Winston-Salem

    Winston-Salem tenant regulations are governed by North Carolina state law, and are very similar to most other states and US tenant laws. However, North Carolina does have a slightly different policy when it comes to eviction notice. For monthly rentals, the eviction period is seven days; for a year-to-year rental, the minimum eviction notice is 30 days; and for mobile homes, the minimum eviction notice is 60 days.

    North Carolina renters can also exercise their “right to repair and deduct,” meaning they can actually legally refuse to pay rent if major repairs (like an air conditioning unit) are left neglected.

    Search for apartments in Winston - Salem, NC under $1,000

    There’s more than one way to spend $1,000 on rent in Winston - Salem, NC, so the first step is to start thinking about what you really want from your new home. Be mindful of what makes you tick. Look for 2 bedroom apartments for rent for less than $1,000 if you want to share your living space and don’t mind being further away from the city center. Search for 3 bedroom apartments if you’re moving in with family or planning to share part of your life and living expenses with more friends. If city bustle is what you live for, you might want to search for a studio or 1 bedroom apartment closer to the city center.

    The perfect $1,000 rental near you

    Don’t dismiss the idea of a studio just because it sounds small and featureless: studios come in many shapes and sizes, and it only takes a few strikes of creativity to go from drab to lively. If an all-in-one-room apartment spells total lack of privacy for you, have a look at the 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Winston - Salem, NC. Customize your search by using more RENTCafé filters. Decide what amenities you can’t live without and focus your search on the apartments that offer them. Are you bringing in a pet? Narrow your options to pet-friendly apartments for rent. Want more windows so that natural light floods your home? Hardwood floors or plush carpet in the living area? There are 22 apartments for rent below $1,000 in Winston - Salem, NC for every taste. Decide what you need, stay focused, and you’re bound to find your perfect apartment in no time.

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